Top 3 tips for emerging arts managers

With many in the sector working in administrative roles, we’ve asked arts leaders from Darwin to Hobart and Perth to Sydney to offer advice for those at the beginning of their careers.
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Tracks Dance Company’s In Your Blood at the 2018 Darwin Festival. (L-R) Cassandra Wallace, Kristi Renfrey, Clarice Campos, Jess Green (standing), Anokai Susi, Kylie Innes, Alicia Smith and Madeleine Brown. Photo credit: Duane Preston.

A career in arts management straddles two worlds, blending business nous with creative flair. Here, arts managers from around the country – from a Darwin dance company and a regional performing arts centre to a major Tasmanian festival – offer career tips to help you on your way.

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Living Legend in 2017. In 2020 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts